LDK Solar (OTCMKTS:LDKYQ) versus Monolithic Power Systems (OTCMKTS:MPWR) Financial Survey

LDK Solar (OTCMKTS:LDKYQ) and Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ:MPWR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for LDK Solar and Monolithic Power Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LDK Solar 0 0 0 0 N/A
Monolithic Power Systems 0 1 4 0 2.80

Monolithic Power Systems has a consensus price target of $152.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.64%. Given Monolithic Power Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Monolithic Power Systems is more favorable than LDK Solar.


Monolithic Power Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. LDK Solar does not pay a dividend. Monolithic Power Systems pays out 66.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Monolithic Power Systems has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


This table compares LDK Solar and Monolithic Power Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LDK Solar N/A N/A N/A
Monolithic Power Systems 18.43% 17.99% 14.44%

Risk and Volatility

LDK Solar has a beta of 6.17, suggesting that its share price is 517% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Monolithic Power Systems has a beta of 1.65, suggesting that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares LDK Solar and Monolithic Power Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LDK Solar N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Monolithic Power Systems $582.38 million 9.35 $105.27 million $2.39 52.89

Monolithic Power Systems has higher revenue and earnings than LDK Solar.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.0% of Monolithic Power Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Monolithic Power Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Monolithic Power Systems beats LDK Solar on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LDK Solar

LDK Solar Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets photovoltaic (PV) products in the People's Republic of China, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and North America. The company operates through two segments, Polysilicon and Other PV Products. It produces and sells solar-grade and electronic-grade polysilicon. The company also manufactures and sells multicrystalline and monocrystalline solar wafers to manufacturers of solar cells and solar modules; and PV cells and PV modules. In addition, it provides solar module processing services; designs and develops solar farm projects, as well as offers related engineering, procurement, and construction services for solar farm projects; and sells silicon materials, which include ingots and polysilicon scraps. LDK Solar CO., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is based in Xinyu, the People's Republic of China.

About Monolithic Power Systems

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets integrated power semiconductor solutions and power delivery architectures for consumer, computing and storage, industrial, automotive, and communications markets. It offers direct current (DC) to DC integrated circuits (ICs) that are used to convert and control voltages of various electronic systems, such as portable electronic devices, wireless LAN access points, computers, monitors, automobiles, and medical equipment. The company also provides lighting control ICs for backlighting that are used in systems, which provide the light source for LCD panels in notebook computers, monitors, car navigation systems, and televisions, as well as for general illumination applications. The company sells its products through third-party distributors, and resellers, as well as directly to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and electronic manufacturing service providers in China, Taiwan, Europe, Korea, Southeast Asia, Japan, the United States, and internationally. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington.

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